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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Do you use your hobbies for socialising?

GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands ModeratorPosts: 5,727 mod
I have a number of hobbies in my life, and one of the things that I am happiest about is the fact that I have met so many wonderful people during the sessions that I attend relating to those hobbies. I have met some friends for life, and I would never have met those people if I had not started my music classes.

Do you feel as though you have made friends and a wider social circle thanks to the hobbies that you enjoy in your life? Or, if you don't feel that you have enough friends, have you considered trying a new hobby to see who you might meet?


  • moathmoath Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭
    did you start your musical classes as a work, or in the internet?

    sometimes i'm funny! sometimes i have wise ideas..
    i have many friends that i'm very glad to know..but i don't know my real hobby to be honest! i'm still looking. :)
  • moathmoath Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭
    this is a good subject ;)
    @meu @nil @nel @zakaria_dandouni1 @Dora @bubbli @mheredge @ManLearner @Alantika @rahil11 @christelle
    hey guys, you may want to have a look on this subject ;)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 657
    Same as @moath. I have friends but no hobbies at the moment.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,063 mod
    I've made some good friends through bird watching in Kathmandu, leading to another hobby, photography, where I've made other friends. I still keep in contact with friends I made from a hiking club in London that I used to belong to twenty years ago. I think whenever you share a common interest, you are likely to make friends with people.
  • zeynabzeynab Posts: 53 ✭✭
    one of my hobby is to go to music class, i have a violin ,and i go to the music class ,and i get 2 friend there :)
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am learning English as a hobby and trust me I made some very good friend here from all around the world! :) ;)
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    My work is my hobby as well. I love writing so my job is related to writing manuals, curriculum development, report writing etc. I like to talk as well so I teach and deliver trainings. :)
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    One of my best hobbies of my life is scouting, and that's really good way of socialising. Currently I'm not an active member of scout association anymore, but each year we still spend some time playing this beatiful big game in the nature. My kids also enjoy these activities very much :)
    The second hobby of my family is music. My kids are attending musical school (besides regular school) and I'm their "taxi driver", so when my kids have lessons, I have a lot of time to chat with other parents... It's time consuming way of socialising, but sometimes it's quite fun.
    The third hobby is my job. Similarly as @Frank already said, I enjoy working and as a therapist and a teacher I'm constantly meeting a lot of people.
    Due to the crowd of people I'm meeting daily I like to do some more isolated hobbies, too, for example crochering, paper crafting and jewellery beading. Too much socialising is driving me crazy, so I need a rest from time to time ...
  • nelnel Posts: 1,125 Inactive
    My hobby moath? What is that??
    Thinking about it is my hobby now. ;)
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Well I guess I need to find a hobbie that can makes me socialise!
  • moathmoath Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭
    yeah, i hope we will find it someday ;)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Drawing is one of my hobby. But I can't concentrate with my drawing when I'm socializing. I also like to chat and it has been a hobby for me this past few days :)
  • filauziofilauzio Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The hobby which really would make me contented, would be the one intended to relieve people when they are sorrowful; to make them feel happy when they' re sad; to make me feel affection towards those who aspect me to do so.
    I' m afraid whenever I joined any real hobby, it would be a shortcut not to fullfil my goal.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • DoraDora Posts: 3,260 ✭✭✭✭
    nel said:

    My hobby moath? What is that??

    Thinking about it is my hobby now. ;)

    Maybe, your hobby is ''thinking''. :)
  • nelnel Posts: 1,125 Inactive
    I hope so @moath . :)
    Maybe @Dora . :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,063 mod
    Bonus correction @filauzio - you can pursue a hobby or have a hobby, but you don't usually join a hobby. You can join a club though. But I'm not sure if I understand your last sentence.

    I think most hobbies are fairly selfish and people derive pleasure for themselves, rather that provide a service to others. A hobby is usually something we'd call an interest and is something that you like doing for your benefit.
  • rahil11rahil11 Posts: 773 ✭✭✭
    Mostly my hobbies are related to sports though I'm not able to judge about my favourite hobby.
    I think Every hobby which involves group of people provides you new friends.
  • filauziofilauzio Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thank you for your bonus, @ mheredge, you already know I'm fond of them.
    You're right, I ought to have said to have or pursue a hobby; I suppose I said joining a hobby, because I thought of an occasion to become part of an association or organization, of being involved in it. Isn't it the right context where to use to join ?
    But your definition of hobby as a selfish, to some extent, activity, implies that socializing in the context of a hobby, can't lead to a friendship.
    Haven't these two words been used as synonyms ?
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • filauziofilauzio Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sorry I didn't mention you correctly: @mheredge :)
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,727 mod
    > @moath said:
    > did you start your musical classes as a work, or in the internet?
    > sometimes i'm funny! sometimes i have wise ideas..
    > i have many friends that i'm very glad to know..but i don't know my real hobby to be honest! i'm still looking. :)

    I started learning music when I was 7 and in school, because a teacher would come into school with instruments and let us play them, which was great. I did lots of exams and got certificates in many instruments, but I can't play many of them well anymore as it has been a very long time indeed.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,063 mod
    Yes you join a club or association @filauzio. I suppose when I say a hobby is selfish, I don't mean it in the sense of being only interested for one's own benefit, to the exclusion of others. I mean it more in the sense of being something for yourself, that doesn't have to involve others.

    I think a lot of people have hobbies that can be also very sociable, but they don't have to be. I tend to see train-spotters as being fairly solitary, though I suppose they might come together to compare notes on trains they've seen. The bird watchers I know in Kathmandu are a very sociable bunch, but only ever meet when birding.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 5,727 mod
    Yes, train spotting is definitely solitary, but I wouldn't call that a sport either. That's the type of thing that people would do if they enjoyed time alone. When I swim, though, I don't really talk to other people all that much, as I like the time to spend with just my own thoughts and nothing else.
  • filauziofilauzio Posts: 1,611 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I admire people who can get interested in one only subject, @mheredge, and devote themselves to it, as people who have a hobby do.
    They, as it is the case with train-spotters, can keep up to date, either by joining their club or by purchasing any of the various magazines, which are specifically intended to their hobby.
    You can see that any newsagent keeps that sort of magazines, which might be weekly or monthly issued.
    At present my hobby, if I can qualifying it this way, is reading my long neglected books. Maybe I could join some books-reading association, if there were any.
    However intimate an activity reading might be, I suppose it could help you to socialize, since it opens your mind and allows you to face your life along with others', more comfortably.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • moathmoath Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭
    yes, i like drawing, i was good at it actually!
    but because i left it for about 8 years, my drawing is rusty now!
    i think talent is like a plant in the body, if i keep watering it, it will grow with the time..
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @moath but talent need some support to grow initially. So, keep going with this hobby. No one is perfect in initial stages. But, you need to chisel out your talent by exploring more and actually working on it.
  • moathmoath Posts: 495 ✭✭✭✭
    i think i have to focus on my future more.. focusing on hobbies or other talents is a second priority i guess! :)
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @moath may be your talent make your future. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,063 mod
    I think hobbies are very important @moath. They are a very good way to relax. My problem is that I'm interested in too many things. So I never get very proficient in anything.
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